A Look at the New Downtown Residence Inn - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

A Look at the New Downtown Residence Inn

By: Jason Rantala

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The new Residence Inn downtown is the first ever extended stay hotel in the city.

It's something developers say fills a need since more people are looking to stay in the city's core. 

Every room in this all-suite property features a living room and kitchen. The building has a pool and fitness center.

"It's just like being in a full service apartment building," said Daryl Rixman, General Manager at the Residence Inn.

It's about location. It's just off the river close to Court Avenue and will likely be an economic generator for downtown.

Greg Edwards, President and CEO for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the hotel will bring in its fair share of new visitors.

Those visitors will spend money in the community, much in the way they have around suburban hotels.

The fact downtown is already the core area for convention groups, sports and culture will make for an even stronger economic impact, Edwards says.

"Hotels really help enhance that. It gives us a little better way to sell Des Moines, to bring in larger groups to Des Moines that will occupy these rooms for conventions, meetings and sporting events," said Edwards.

The Residence Inn is likely only the beginning. There are plans for a new Hampton Inn right next door.

East Village and downtown south of MLK could also get their own hotels.

And we can't forget the much talked about Events Center hotel, something Edwards says large groups, like the NCAA, have been clamoring for.

Rixman says the first week has been very strong. The Iowa Pork Congress helped out numbers.

"We're moving forward with the next generation of travelers and they really want to be in the downtown hub, they want to be a little closer to action and a little further from suburbs," said Rixman.

It's something Edwards sees as only the beginning.

"It's a huge economic burst for all of us," said Edwards. 

Rixman says Marriott had an interest in putting a Residence Inn in Des Moines for several years.

Edwards says not only will it be a nice place for visitors, but can also be a temporary living space for business people before they find a permanent home or apartment.

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